One of the most famous lochs in the world is the Loch Ness, located in Scotland, a country in the United Kingdom. Loch means ‘lake’ in Scotish English.
Learn some amazing facts about this very special lake:
* It is so big that it could hold 10 times the population of the world;
* There is more water in Loch Ness than in all the other lakes in England, Scotland and Wales put together. It’s the largest body of fresh water in Britain;
* It is veeery deep, around 229 meters (that is 754 feet); the bottom of the lake is totally flat;
* Loch Ness holds 7,4 billion liters of water (that is 263.000 million cubic feet);
* The loch never freezes .Because of the great amount of water in the loch, a thermocline lies at around 30 meters (100 feet) down in the loch. The top 30 meters (100 feet )of water alters temperature depending on the weather conditions but below the thermocline the temperature never alters from 44 degrees Fahrenheit. So as the surface water cools in winter and nears freezing point, it sinks and is replaced by the warmer water from below. This can cause the loch to steam on very cold days. In fact, it has been estimated that the heat given off by the loch in a winter is the equivalent to burning 2 million tons of coal;
* Many people claim to have seen a monster inside the loch. It was kindly named “Nessie”.
This article is a bricolage, that is, a mix of the texts published at: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/loch-ness-monster-sighted and http://www.nessie.co.uk/. Access the original pages to read more about the Loch Ness and expand your lake culture